Finding the right mobile plan can take hours of research and months of trial and error. There are tons of options out there, and although the major carriers have plenty of perks, smaller MVNOs take the cake on value. One such option is Spectrum Mobile, an MVNO that relies on Verizon’s massive network. Ready to learn about the best Spectrum Mobile plans? Let’s dig in.
Before we explain the plans, we should tell you that there are a few requirements that you must meet before you sign up. First, you must already be a Spectrum Internet customer. You can read more about the Spectrum Internet plans here. There are also credit requirements that you must meet, and you have to agree to autopay for billing. All Spectrum Mobile plans are limited to five lines of service each, so it may not be the perfect fit for larger families.
The best Spectrum Mobile plans:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best Spectrum Mobile plans as new plans launch.
Once you’ve gone through the effort of meeting the Spectrum Mobile requirements, the plans you can choose from are quite simple. The first option is the Unlimited plan, which offers unlimited talk, text, and data on 4G and the — now nationwide — 5G networks. You can also use a mobile hotspot on the Unlimited plan, though speeds will slow to 600Kbps after reaching the 5GB threshold in your billing cycle. Spectrum Mobile’s Unlimited plan allows for DVD-quality streaming, which typically means 480p.
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Other Spectrum Mobile perks include free international texting from the US and up to 2,000 minutes of combined monthly calling to Canada and Mexico. If you need more than that, Spectrum offers low international roaming rates for your next adventure.
Spectrum’s Unlimited plan will run you $45 per line per month, but you can choose to mix and match between Unlimited plans and the plan below to keep your whole family connected. If you opt for the Unlimited plan, Spectrum will reduce your speeds if you exceed 20GB of data within the billing cycle. You can also tap into a new Unlimited Plus plan for $55 per month. It adds HD-quality streaming to the mix and a 30GB heap of premium data to work with. And don’t worry, the 5G access doesn’t cost anything extra as long as you have a compatible phone.
By the Gig plan
The second Spectrum plan you can sign up for is the By the Gig plan. As the name would suggest, this plan allows you to pay per gigabyte of data used at a rate of $14 apiece. Other aspects of the plan are the same, you still get unlimited talk and text, and a hotspot is still an option with the By the Gig plan. Of course, the hotspot can jack your monthly bill up quickly because it contributes to your data allowance, but it’s a nice benefit to have.
As part of the mix and match setup, you can share a By the Gig data pool between multiple lines of service. It’s an easy way to save money if you don’t think you’ll use as much data each month. If you choose to go all-out on data, Spectrum can slow you down after 5GB in one billing cycle. Your 5G usage counts as well, so be careful not to let the high speeds run up your bill.
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Those are your options for the best Spectrum Mobile plans. The MVNO keeps things nice and simple, but it’s not perfect for everyone. Here are a few other MVNOs that may suit your needs better: